Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summertime, Summertime!!

Summertime, Summertime!!
Foam Flip Flops
Trace foot or feet on craft foam
Cut out footprint
Punch three holes into the footprint
String two pieces of a pipe cleaner through the holes
String with beads
Tissue Paper Sun
Stick orange tissue paper onto the center of a small paper plate
Stick yellow tissue paper on the rest of the paper plate
Loop yellow strips of construction paper around the edge to make the rays
Sponge Balls
Cut a sponge into 3/4" sections
Gather the cut pieces and tie off with string
Fluff as needed
*Soak the sponge balls and have fun throwing them on a hot summer day*
Watermelon Sections!
Cut a paper plate into fourths
Paint with bright pink, light pink and green paint
When dry, use black paint dipped in a cotton swap to make the seeds
Paint a large craft stick green
Tape or glue the craft stick to the back of the watermelon
Paper Plate Fruit
Paint a paper plate to look like an orange, lemon or lime
Learning Activities
Sunny Sums
Math - Addition
Here is the link to this addition activity
Scooping Up Sums
Math - addition
I modified this activity a little bit.  I had Connor come up with sums on his own.  The original activity has great visuals with sums and addition sentences.  Here is the link to this addition activity.
Flip Flop Fragments
Language Arts/Writing - sentences, fragments
Here is the link to this learning activity
Firefly Word Work
Literacy - short vowel sounds a and e, sorting
I modified this activity by gluing the HEN and CAT jar to a piece of 8x11 piece of construction paper.  I cut out each firefly, and Addie sorted them appropriately by gluing each firefly to it's matching jar.  This activity would be perfect as a center activity, but I decided to make it more permanent, since Addie was the only one doing it.
Here is the link to this wonderful activity.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Under The Sea!

Under The Sea
Paper Bowl Crab
Paint a bowl red
Paint 4 clothespins red
Cut out 8 long, skinny, rectangles for the legs
Fold each leg in half
Attach 4 legs to each side of the bow - we used tape
Clip the clothespins on the bowl
Hot glue 2, small Styrofoam balls on the top front of the bowl - for eyes
Color a black circle on each ball with permanent marker
Connor and Addie's Paper Bowl Crab Creatures!
Paper Starfish
Trace a starfish pattern onto brown paper or cardstock
Cut the starfish out
Glue the starfish to blue cardstock
Glue on googly eyes
Draw a mouth
Decorate with ocean/sea life stickers
 Here is a similar project we did with Starfish in June of 2009! 
 Awe . . . Connor and Lauren were so little!!!
 I found the main idea for this project on the website www.freekidcrafts.com/texturedstarfish.html I printed the starfish template off of the site and traced it onto card stock/tag board. Connor and Lauren then chose a paint color and painted their starfish. (Connor of course chose blue as his color, and Lauren chose purple). After, they had painted the starfish, we went outside to our sandbox and Connor and Lauren sprinkled (dumped!) sand onto their starfish. We let the project dry. Finally, they glued their starfish onto a brown piece of card stock and decorated the card stock with ocean theme stickers! (Blue card stock or any color would look good too).
Paper Bowl Jellyfish
Paint a paper bowl - any color
Let dry - glue on googly eyes
Tape pieces of ribbon to the inside of the bowl, so the string dangles down from the bowl
Handprint Crab
Cut a "beach" from brown or tan construction paper and glue it to the bottom of blue construction paper
Paint both hands red and press onto the construction paper with thumbs pointing up
Glue a googly eye onto each thumb
Press a cotton ball into white paint and press onto the blue paper to make clouds
Big Teeth Sharks - Sort of!!
This project was a flop. First, I ran out of blue construction paper, then my shark cutting skills were not that great.  They don't really look like sharks, but more of monsters with really large mouths.  Oh well! :)
Cut triangles all around a paper plate
Fold the paper plate in half
cut out a shark shape from construction paper - preferably blue
Glue the mouth to the shark and glue on googly eyes
Learning Activities
Beach Themed Ten Frame 1-10 Matching
Math - counting, one-to-one correspondence, number recognition, matching
Here is the link to this great math game!

 Addie doing the follow-up activity

Working Hard!!!
Summertime Addition 
Math - basic addition
Here is the link to this addition activity

Kids at the Beach Subtraction
Math - subtraction
Here is the link to this subtraction activity


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

4th of July Projects!!

Independence Day Crafts
Handprint Flags
Paint the palm and thumb of one hand blue
Paint the pointer and ring finger white
Paint the middle and pinkie finger red
Press the painted hand onto a blue piece of construction paper (I folded the paper into 4 sections)
Let dry - attach a large craft stick and add star stickers
Independence Day Paper Lanterns
Cut two strips of blue paper - about 3-4 inches wide
Cut wavy, red strips of paper about 8 inches long
Attach the red strips to the blue strips  - we used tape
Decorate with patriotic Stickers
Connect the two blue strips to make a lantern shape - I used a stapler
Attach a handle with blue or red paper!
The Girls!!!